Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal

Manchester United won in a dramatic game against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo (x2) secured an all-important three points for the Reds.

Michael Carrick has stepped down from the first-team coaching staff after a successful interim spell, winning twice and drawing once in the three games since he’s taken over; here’s the player ratings from his final game in charge before Ralf Rangnick takes over.

Goalkeeper:

David de Gea – 6.5/10

De Gea was knocked over by his own player at a corner, but by staying down he gifted Arsenal the easiest goal of the season. You could’ve sympathised with him if he wasn’t up on his feet a minute later. Thankfully, he made up for it with two top saves in the second half which helped United hold onto all three points.

Defenders:

Diogo Dalot – 7.5/10

A solid display apart from an embarrassing first touch in the opening period. Offered width on the right in attack and defended well when needed. Played Marcus Rashford into space before Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the second half.

Victor Lindelöf – 7.5/10

A solid performance from the Swede in the middle of defence. Dealt with Arsenal’s frontmen well throughout and was very good on the ball.

Harry Maguire – 7.5/10

A much better performance from what he has been showing recently, although it really wasn’t difficult. Impressive in the air throughout and two important clearances late into stoppage time will hopefully provide a stepping stone to improved form for the United captain.

Alex Telles– 6/10

A solid performance from the left-back, but would’ve put fear into United fans when he was caught too narrow and leaving his man free on the far post.

Midfielders:

Fred – 7.5/10

The 28-year-old midfielder was tragic in every area of the pitch in the first half apart from the Arsenal penalty area. He couldn’t find a pass all night, but assisted Bruno’s first with a smart pass and won the penalty for Ronaldo’s second after a good run into the box. He improved in the second half and made a crucial block in the late stages of the game.

Scott McTominay – 4.5/10

The only successful tackle that the Scottish midfielder made was on the microphone equipment on the sideline. It was mostly an anonymous performance from McTominay, which we’ve said far too often this season. Gambled out of possession way too often throughout.

Bruno Fernandes – 7/10

Despite a poor first-half in general, on his 100th appearance for the Reds, Bruno popped up with an important equaliser just before the interval. A quiet second half though.

Forwards:

Marcus Rashford – 6/10

A quiet first half was complemented by a pin-point cross to Ronaldo early in the second half to give United the lead for the first time in the match. However, the 24-year-old didn’t build on that, and was brought off 10 minutes before the final whistle.

Jadon Sancho – 8/10

One of United’s rare sparks in the first half was the man who created United’s first goal with a superb pass to Fred inside the area. He also set the Brazilian up in the second half before he got fouled inside of the Arsenal box. A threat on either wing throughout the match, but would’ve been disappointed with his pass execution when he attempted to play Rashford through on goal mid-way through the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 8.5/10

Poor shot selection and a couple of bicycle kick attempts were the highlights of Ronaldo’s first half. Two goals which won the game were the highlights of his second half. That’s Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s 801 career goals.

Substitutes

Jesse Lingard – 6/10

Didn’t get many opportunities and was on his own when his tame shot was easily saved by Aaron Ramsdale.

Anthony Martial – N/A

Donny van de Beek – N/A

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